McIlroy named PGA Tour Player of the Year

Wed Oct 1, 2014 11:08am EDT
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(Reuters) - Northern Irish world number one Rory McIlroy was named on Wednesday as the PGA Tour's Player of the Year for a second time after a stellar 2014 campaign highlighted by two major victories.

The 25-year-old, who first landed the coveted honor in 2012, won consecutive majors this season at the British Open and PGA Championship, sandwiched around his victory at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

McIlroy won out over Billy Horschel, Martin Kaymer, Jimmy Walker and Bubba Watson in a vote of his peers.

He also earned the Arnold Palmer Award as the Tour’s leading official money winner ($8,280,096) and claimed the Byron Nelson Award for adjusted scoring average (68.83).

American Chesson Hadley, winner of the Puerto Rico Open, was selected Rookie of the Year.

McIlroy displayed remarkable consistency, finishing no worse than 25th in any of his 17 tournament appearances and placed outside the top 10 only five times.

He said that 2014 was a more consistent season than when he previously won the award in 2012 and thanked his peers for voting him number one.

"It's a great honor and a great honor to win twice in the space of three years, and hopefully I can win it for many more years to come," McIlroy told reporters, speaking by telephone from the 18th tee at St. Andrews, where he was preparing for this week's European Tour event.

"If I compare 2012 to 2014, I'd say that this year's play was much more consistent.   Continued...

Team Europe golfer Rory McIlroy is lifted up by a colleague after the closing ceremony of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland September 28, 2014. Captain Paul McGinley described each of his players as "a colossus" after holders Europe won the Ryder Cup for the eighth time in 10 editions on Sunday.           REUTERS/Toby Melville (BRITAIN  - Tags: SPORT GOLF)